DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
 In 2012 I had my first Brazilian blow dry also known as the Keratin Treatment. I have natural curly hair, unfortunately not the nice kind of curls that look lovely, but the frizzy bird nest kind of curls. My hair is dry and overall not in the best condition as I straighten it a lot. I heard many good things about the Keratin Treatment and after googling before and after pictures I decided to go ahead. If this would really and all I would need to do is to let my hair dry after washing it, it would certainly change my daily life. Back then in 2012 it was quite a new treatment in the UK and quite pricey. I found Jana, a passionate and great hairdresser who specialises in Keratin Treatments and hair extensions. She came regularly to my house until I left London at the end of 2014 to turn my dry and frizzy curls into shiny manageable hair.

Then I moved to Cologne in 2015. Over there the treatment is not as known as it is in the UK and only one hairdresser offers it. I phoned the owner and she quoted me 400€. That is a lot of money in Germany, but I was desperate and went ahead. 400€ spent and one hair wash later, my hair was just as before. I’ve had the treatment many times so I know what to expect and how my hair will be like. Needless to say I was not very amused, especially as I had to find an alternative. I googled online and found reviews of a DIY Brazilian Keratin Blow Dry. I tried it for the first time in October 2015, it took me a quite a while, but the results were just as amazing as when Jana did it.

I ordered the Brazilian Keratin Treatment – Home Hair Straightening Kit on Amazon. The complete kit that you can order the first time costs £27.99 and includes all you need to get started: 30ml Pre-treatment clarifying shampoo, 100ml Keratin Treatment, one application brush, one comb and two hairclips as well as gloves and instructions. The Top Up Kit includes the shampoo, the treatment, gloves and instructions so if you don’t need the hair clips, application brush and the comb you can order it for £24.99.
Below a picture of my hair today, just before the treatment. I haven’t had the treatment since mid December and as I usually just use normal shampoo*, I have to do the treatment every three months. My hair was back to its usual condition, very dry and hard to manage. Unfortunately, I could not get hold of the product in Switzerland and I had to wait until I saw my old boss in London who had ordered it for me. At the same time my GHD hair straightener broke and I only got the replacement last Friday. *I’ll explain this later in the post.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin TreatmentBefore you start, make sure you have everything you need: Hair straighteners that heat up to 220°C eg. GHDs, a hair dryer, the product including instructions, a comb, hair clips and a round brush as well as the gloves.
Then, I started by washing my hair twice with the Pre-Treatment Clarifying Shampoo, I rinsed it thoroughly  and let it towel dry a bit.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
Then I blow-dried my hair straight on a medium heat with a round brush until it was completely dry. I have a lot of hair, so it takes me a good twenty minutes.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
I then combed the hair thoroughly, each section has to be combed around five times.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
It’s time to apply to the product. I put on my gloves and a surgical mask, not everyone advises you and it’s not in the instructions, but my old hairdresser Jana told me it’s better to wear one. I have a doctor in the family, so I have a big box and I always use it when I apply the treatment.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
I started applying the product on my terrace, if you don’t have a terrace or balcony you should at least have a window open or use a fan. With the comb I applied the product into small sections of my hair, only avoiding the scalp. I comb out the excess and it took me almost half an hour to apply the product. After 20 Minutes I could start blow drying (away from the face) the hair on a medium heat.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
Once the hair is completely dry, I used the hair straighter five times on each section. It’s important to do it so many times to seal in the treatment. This part of applying the treatment, always takes me at least one hour. I have so much hair, but knowing that for the next twelve weeks I only have to do very little with my hair after I wash it, makes it worthwhile. Look at the picture below, this is how my hair will look like without me having to straighten it at all almost three months. It’s very straight now, but once I wash it it looks more voluminous and wavy.
DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment
Ideally you should only use salt-free shampoo after the treatment for maximum results, but I only use normal shampoo for coloured hair and it usually lasts around 12 weeks. I don’t need to use any conditioner with this treatment anymore, otherwise my hair gets quite oily.

DIY Brazilian Blowdry Keratin Treatment

Now I can’t wash my hair for three days and it looks quite flat, but after my hair has been washed for the first time, I will share more pictures here. This product has truly changed my life. I was so conscious about my hair. No matter how long I would straighten it, after one hour it looked dry and frizzy again. Thanks to the Brazilian Keratin Blow Dry I have shiny hair even when I let my hair air dry. Before, I was unable to grow my hair past shoulder length as I had split ends and I couldn’t let it grow. Too many haircuts were needed, but now I only need to go to the hairdresser every three months and my hair is much longer now. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

Have you tried the Brazilian Blowdry before? What did you think? Is it something you would try? 

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WatermelonWatermelons are the perfect food to eat in summer. They are delicious, low in calories and super hydrating, making them a great snack during hot days. I love eating watermelons during the summer and I usually eat at least one a week. Apparently, in 2016 watermelons are much more than just a fruit. They are big in fashion too. This summer, you don’t just eat them – you wear them too.

I am currently planning my summer travel wardrobe and wherever I look, I stumble across watermelon printed swimwear.

While I don’t think I can pull off a teeny weeny watermelon bikini, I love the Soludos Watermelon Slice Espadrilles and the South Beach Watermelon Print Beach Bag.

Watermelons have also inspired quite a few beauty products. Not only can you get lipsticks and nail polish in the watermelon colour, no, there is actually a Watermelon Keratin Blowout and a matching eau de parfum.

 

If you still can’t get enough of the watermelon trend, check out the products below. You can get nearly everything from a watermelon print ironing board cover to even an Origami set.

 

What do you think of the watermelon trend?

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I discovered Kiko Milano four or five years ago on a holiday in Spain while I was in a shopping centre in Alicante. I bought quite a few eyeshadows on sale and when I started using them, I was surprised how good the quality was. Since then I have been loving Kiko Milano and use quite a lot of their products. Some of you know that I live in Lugano now and some days during the month I stay in Milan for work. Just around the corner from where I am staying in Milan is a Kiko Milano store and during my break, I usually sneak out and buy a few things.

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You can’t imagine how excited I was when I found out about the new Wanderlust Collection. Wanderlust is a limited-edition summer collection inspired by the passion for travel. The collection could be made for me: I love to travel. The collection’s packaging is just gorgeous and was designed by designer Ross Lovegrove who is known for his futuristic work.

To share my Kiko Milano love with you, I give away some of the collection’s products. The Kiko Milano Wanderlust Collection Giveaway includes

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either the Sunshine Cream Foundation SPF20 for dry to normal skin OR the Sunshine Powder Foundation SPF20 for formal to combination skin worth £15.90*
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the Desert Dunes Trio Baked Blush worth £16.90*
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the Sunshine DD Cream SPF30 worth £12.90*
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the Endless Sky Volume Effect Mascara worth £12.90
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the Out of Bounds Eyeliner Pen worth £8.90
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the Mirage Lip Stylo worth £13.90*

All products marked with * have a colour/shade option. The winner can choose one.

There are many ways to enter this giveaway, find out how you can enter below. 


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At the end of December I blogged about how planned to get back into my old beauty routine and now a month later, I want to share the first update with you.

First of all, I started doing my own Keratin Treatments (aka the Brazilian Blow Dry) in October just before my birthday. In London I had a lovely lady who came to my place and did it for a fraction for the price that I would have to pay in a salon and every time she did the treatment I was very pleased and it would last for around twelve weeks. When I moved to Cologne I could only find two hairdressers who offered the treatment and the prices are horrendously high. Me being desperate I went one time and paid 400€, which is a lot of money and some people have to live on that money for a whole month. I wasn’t particularly happy with the lady doing the treatment, but as I read a lot of good reviews I thought she must know what she is doing. I wasn’t allowed to wash my hair for three days and when I finally washed it, my hair was just like it was before. I have had this treatment many times before, so I know exactly how my hair feels and looks afterwards. I think it was because the straighteners were not hot enough to seal the Keratin. I was very disappointed and thought about regularly flying back to London to have my treatment. I looked for alternatives online and I found a ‘do it yourself’ Keratin Treatment Kit at home and it has changed my life. The first time I did it, I invited my friend round so that she could help me, but in the end it was so easy I could do everything by myself. It just takes a while, especially as I dyed my hair before too. After three days I washed my hair and it was just like I was used to it. Soft, it took only minutes to blow dry it and I didn’t need to use straighteners. Being done with my hair in less than 20 minutes including washing and not having to straighten it, saves me roughly 45 minutes every day and I am happy with the end result. Before, I would spend ages blow drying and straightening it, but nobody would notice my effort after one or two hours. If I don’t have time to blow dry it, I can just air dry my hair and it is just as shiny as when I blow dry it. You can order the Brazilian Keratin Treatment – Home Hair Straightening Kit on Amazon for £29.99. It is recommended that you use salt-free shampoo afterwards. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions, I am not a professional, but have done the treatment twice myself and had it done many more times by a hairdresser.

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As you might know, I moved in the beginning of January and with my trial period of one month, I didn’t take much with me. I took only the make up with me that I use on a daily basis and basic toiletries. Trying to make the most of my luggage allowance, I took mostly clothes with me and planned on buying shampoo and shower gel in Milan. I can’t wait to get all my belongings back next month, I really miss a full wardrobe.

Rekindling my Lush love

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In Milan I have a Lush Store just outside my place, I am glad that I only stay a few days a month there at the moment, otherwise I would spend a lot of my salary there. I haven’t been to a Lush store for probably over two years, if not three, but after reading so many reviews by other bloggers I needed to go again. I used to love the Big shampoo, but as I have the Keratin Treatment, I shouldn’t use shampoos with so much salt. Ideally with no salt at all, but I usually use normal shampoo all the time. A lovely member of staff recommended the Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo to me and while it’s called that in the UK, they call it Dolce Meta in Italy. My hair smells so good after washing now. Silly me left in Milan when I went to Lugano and I had to buy another bottle here. With the Keratin Treatment though, I feel my hair needs a proper cleansing shampoo once a week and I like to use a special shampoo that I bought in Germany to have that squeaky clean feeling. I sometimes use Head&Shoulders too, even though I don’t have dandruffs but I like how it cleans my hair.

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I always liked Kiko Milano, but now where I am in Milano for a few days every month I am starting to really love the brand. Most of the products I used in January are Kiko Milano. At the beginning of January I needed new foundation and I bought the Liquid Skin Second Skin Foundation. I really like it, it’s very liquid and blends in well. I can’t recommend the Smooth Temptation lipstick enough, I bought it in two shades: 04 English Rose and 05 Peony. Not that I don’t have enough eyeshadows, but hey, it’s a sale, I also bought two new eyeshadows. The Infinity+ Sparke Eyeshadow in 400 Gold and 401 Peach.

However, the biggest changes I have made to my health this month and for me being healthy is part of my beauty routine too. It’s about feeling good about myself and no matter what products you use on the outside, if you don’t feel great from the inside, nothing can ‘make up’ for it. I cut out all rubbish from my diet and I finally ditched the diet soda for good. I am down 10lbs! Cheers to me!

February can come!

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My goal for 2016 is to get back into my beauty routine. 2015 was my ‘I don’t give a ****’ year, I basically let myself go – a lot. I gained a lot weight, didn’t care much about my eyebrows which I am currently growing so that I can get them sorted out once and for all by a professional. Please tell me it’s okay to go to a fancy beauty salon with bushy eyebrows?

My skin care routine is bad, oh who am I kidding: It’s non existing at the moment. I get up in the morning, shower and that’s it. My Clinique products are somewhere in a bottom draw with all the other cosmetic and toiletries I didn’t use since I moved from London to Germany last year. They have probably dried out by now. Yes, that’s what I have come to. I am moving to Switzerland soon and my new position involves a lot of travel. It’s basically based between Milan and Lugano with trips to Athen, Zurich and some other places in Switzerland and Italy. I am really looking forward to it and thinking about all the new people I will meet, I really want to make an effort again. But where do I start?

Luckily, I attended the Mumsnet Blogfest last year and found out about Sali Hugh’s book Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion. I started flicking through the book on the train ride home and loved it straight away, but then I moved shortly after and since then it’s on the shelf. There is another book that I really want to read, it’s How to Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest. Has anybody read the book and can tell me if it is worth buying?

When people who I met this year, see how much makeup and beauty products I own, they can’t believe it. I didn’t really use make up this year, unless I went out in the evening or to a special occasion. In 2016 I want to look after myself a bit more.

What are your beauty goals for 2016? Is there anything you would like to try out or change about your beauty routine? 

I didn’t make a list with New Year’s resolutions. I used to make them every year and so far I didn’t stick to many of the things I wrote down on the list. However, I really want 2015 to be the year of getting healthier on the inside and outside.

My skin is terrible at the moment and while I never battled with acne during puberty, my skin regularly breaks out. I have tried many products in the past and I think it’s time to let a professional help me with my spots.

There are many skin clinics in the UK and when you search for one on the internet, you get easily overwhelmed with all results on the internet. I really want to best for my skin and only one of the leading clinics in the country would be my choice. Sk:n is exactly that. Their staff is highly medically trained ahead of many other clinics providing skin care in the UK.

Sk:n was founded in 1990 in Harrogate in a private clinic. Their initial specialism was in port wine stain removal and the company invested in the highest grade lasers on the market. Today, after a quarter of a century, no one offers more specialised skin treatments than Sk:n. The company offers a wide range of services from acne treatments, tattoo removals and even facial resurfacing.

It doesn’t matter if you live in Aberdeen or in Portsmouth, the company as a broad network of clinics with opening hours up to 9pm and are home to more leading consultant dermatologists, doctors, plastic surgeons, nurses or therapists than any other dermatology service provider.

For me it is always very important, how long a company has been in business, especially when it involves my health and flawless skin is a sign of good health. Sk:n clinics have been in business for such a long time and its high customer loyalty and satisfaction scores speak for themselves.

I have horrible acne spots, sometimes less and sometimes more, but especially around the chin area I can do what I want and it doesn’t make a change. The Sk:inclinic’s website does not only provide information about the different treatments, but also about the conditions themselves. I learned that spots associated with acne can affect 80 per cent of people aged between 11 and 30. That is more than I thought and shows even more how important it is to spread the word. I would classify my acne spots as mild to moderate at times, but if you are unsure a specialist can diagnose the type and severity of your acne.

So what is the best treatment for acne spots? Of course, this would depend on the type of acne you have and it’s great that the clinic offers a free sk:n acne consultation. An expert practitioner will be able to diagnose the condition where the colour of your skin, the texture, lesions and secretions are checked. Only then a treatment will be recommended. I think this gives great reassurance. Recommended for acne treatments are medical grade peels, the peels help by exfoliating the top layers of skin and preventing pores from becoming clogged. The peels vary in strength and include Salicylic, Jessner, Pyruvic and Glycolic options. If you suffer from acne spots like me, have a look on the treatments offered here.

You can find more information about the company and the services offered at www.sknclinics.co.uk.

I haven’t spent much money on makeup this year, mainly because I bought more than enough last year when I was in Miami and in Las Vegas for the summer and as I don’t have time every day to apply makeup, it usually lasts for a while. This afternoon I randomly had a look at the MAC Cosmetics website and realised, that they have a Brooke Shields collection. I really like Brooke, she is such a classic beauty and everybody must have seen her in The Blue Lagoon – a film from 1980. Seriously, how could I have missed it? Most items are out of stock – maybe I have a chance that they will be back in the store, who knows?

My favourite of the whole collection is the eyeshadow palette, unfortunately it is out of stock. Brooke chose her fifteen favourite shades: Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe, Canter, Luscious, Atiqued, Psyche, Carbon, Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty and Pepper. I might have to get some of the eyeshadows on their own, should I not be able to purchase the actual palette.

Was somebody luckier and actually managed to get some of the products?

It’s my birthday on Saturday and the lovely Beth from All Things Beautiful shared some of her birthday makeup ideas with me.

It’s easy to get caught in the trap of wearing the same boring makeup everyday. When it’s your birthday, it’s the perfect opportunity to do things a bit differently and go for a more glamorous look- you want to feel special! My 18th was last month and I went for natural skin and lips with a pink bronze eye. If you are a little afraid of bright colours on the eye, go for false lashes or be more generous with your eyeliner. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable, but doing something a bit different can make the look more special. Below are some eye makeup looks for some inspiration, if possible try them out before, so you can get to know what suits you best!

If you want to keep your eye makeup more simple you could always go for a brighter or darker lip, I’ve linked some of my favourite products below so have a look through them and click to go through to the site. I’ve tried to include cheaper products and offers for you so you don’t have to look for a better deal!

How would you do your makeup for your birthday? Do you make a special effort?

Roughly 2 1/2 years ago I had my first Brazilian Blowdry. I actually blogged about it in April 2011: My first Brazilian Blowdry and how I felt three days after the treatment. I was really happy then and was planning to get the treatment again, but for unknown reasons I didn’t. I always said next month, when I have time as well as other excuses and now over two years have passed. I am so unhappy with my frizzy and unruly hair, it takes me forever to dry and straighten in only to get curly again with the slightest hint of humidity in the air. So annoying. I don’t have time in the mornings to spend hours getting my hair done, George is going to nursery three days a week and I want to look somehow presentable in front of the other people waiting outside. I don’t care about not putting make up on but my hair should look groomed. I always look so scruffy.

At the end of August I contacted Janna again, but she was on holiday and during September I had other worries. Today I attended the launch of the Aribella Boutique by Imogen Thomas and my hair looked perfect when I left the house – only to be frizzy once I got to the event and when I left and it was raining on my way to South Kensington. You can guess how my hair looked once I got to Harrods? No? It was curly, not nice curls that bounce and look healthy. No! Frizzy curls and there is nothing worse in the world than that.

So in pure desperation I phoned Janna three times in two minutes today, sent her a text message to get in touch and wouldn’t leave my phone out of sight. Luckily she phoned me back shortly after and she is available on Friday at 2pm. I am so happy, I am so happy – I can’t even describe it. I am currently feeling very conscious about my looks and getting my hair straight is one step to me feeling better.

Janna is a mobile, professional hairdresser with over seven years experience in London at a St. John Wood top salon and she has lots of happy clients with references to prove it. She has a NVQ Level 3 qualification and specialises in Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening, micro-ring extensions and Balmain Hair Extensions. Janna covers all London postcodes and surrounding areas including Croydon, Surrey, Kent, Chelmsford, Brighton, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Birmingham, Luton, Reading, Leicester and Essex. Even if you don’t live in one of those areas you shouldn’t hesitate to contact her for a quote. Her rates are very reasonable, I pay £120 for over shoulder length thick hair. She had to use twice as much treatment as usual last time she did my hair and since then my hair has grown. It also took her four hours from the beginning to finish. I would spend a fortune in a salon and I hate sitting there for hours too.

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I will take before and after pictures on Friday and share them here. Have you ever had a Brazilian Blowdry? What did you think of it and would you get the treatment again?

Beth is the amazing blogger behind All Things Beautiful. She covers lifestyle and beauty topics and you won’t regret visiting her blog >>here<< .

September is coming to an end, which means it’s time to get out your thick jumpers, mugs of hot chocolate and your autumn makeup essentials. Read on to find out the products I’ll be using this autumn and what I think you should be using too!

For eye makeup I think the ultimate essential is the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. It’s perfect for creating warm, smoky eyes that look stunning in the autumn. My other favourite eye shadow for this time of year is Mac Cranberry. I haven’t found another comparable shade so I definitely think it’s worth it.

Most people like to go more daring with their lip colour in autumn with shades like this and this, but if you’re like me and a bit scared of dark lips you could go for a coloured gloss. I‘m loving the formula of the Max Factor Colour Elixer Glosses and I would wear this shade all year round! I also find myself reaching for lip pencils like this Clinique one in the shade Super Strawberry as you can go for a darker colour but in a more subtle way. I think the Rimmel Apocalips are another great product for this time of year as they aren’t drying and have a strong pigment that can be sheered down to a more wearable shade.

Out of all my makeup, it’s my nail colour that tends to change most in the Autumn as I just can’t resist the dark berry and red colours. For a special occasion I would always go for Deborah Lippman in Through The Fire which you can unfortunately only find eBay, but the Max Factor and Rimmel polishes are great options for everyday.

What makeup items will you be wearing this autumn? If you want to find out what’s on my autumn wish list other than just makeup you can find out here.

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During the week I wear little to no make-up. When I go out with the children I do not have much time to apply make-up and hence then I have a simple daily make-up routine. Applying doesn’t take me more than five minutes and it looks good. It can easily be ‘freshened up’ and also glamoured up for a night out.

Face
My favourite foundation during the hot and sweaty summer months is MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid. It is long lasting and covers all my blemishes. I apply MAC’s Blush ‘Melba’ with the 116 Brush and use MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish sparingly as a highlighter on my cheekbones.

Eyes
With a MAC 217 brush I apply the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish as an eyeshadow all of my lid. You might wonder why I use it as an eyeshadow, but I love it and it looks great and lasts all day. I use the MAC Eye Kohl in the shade Powersurge as an eyeliner and Guerlain’s Le Deux as mascara. YSL’s Touche Éclat is a great under-eye highlighter.

Lips
What’s your daily make-up routine? Do you use any of the products I use? What do you think?

I am such a big fan of Ombré hair and who can blame me? It looks amazing. Next time I go to the hairdresser I will definitely go for it, but first I have to make up my mind which colour I want for my hair. I am currently undecided about whether to go dramatically lighter or go dark brown again. Please help me make up my mind.

 

I am so glad that I have done it. Last night I washed my hair for the first time and it takes me a few minutes to blow dry it. All I use is a flat brush. My hair looks straight, frizz-free and healthy. I don’t need to straighten it anymore, unless I want to.

I know it is not a good picture but it is not very easy to take a picture of the back of your head by yourself.